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PRAGUE - The Iroquois Nationals won the Silver Medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Tournament that ended in Prague on Saturday. The Iroquois Nationals lost to Canada 13 - 6 in the world indoor lacrosse championship game.
The Iroquois Nationals team is the only American Indian team to play a sport internationally. The team was received by the FIL as a full member team in 1987, and they have participated in their first competition in 1990.
In 2008 Nike endorsed the Iroquois Nationals. The team receives other funding from prominent American Indian businesses.
The first two games were won by the Iroquois Nationals with relative ease. By Game 3, the Iroquois Nationals met stiff competition by the Team USA.
Two Iroquois Nationals players were named to the All World Team:
The transition position and the Transition Player of the World Games were bestowed upon Cody Jamieson (Iroquois) of the Iroquois Nationals. Jamieson scored 16 goals and collected six assists for the silver-medal winning Iroquois. The Knighthawks' Jamieson was named to the NLL All-Rookie Team in 2011, as he led all rookies in scoring.
Sid Smith (Iroquois) of the Iroquois National and Canada’s Kyle Rubisch (Boston Blazers) were honored as the top two defensemen. Smith, who plays for the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks, was named the Top Defenseman of the World Games.
posted June 1, 2011 9:46 am et
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